About the producer
Chateau Angelus has one of the longer history in St. Emilion appellation and the Bouard family, even longer, more than 700 years in Bordeaux. In 1909 Maurice de Bouard de la forest inherited the vineyard and in 1921 he purchased a 3.5 hectare parcel of vines known as L’Angelus and the estate was born.
Now, the 39 hectare vineyard of Chateau Angelus is planted to 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Chateau Angelus was one of the earliest proponents of Cabernet Franc in Saint Emilion. While their vineyards are 39 hectares, only 27 of those hectares are classified with First Growth status. Only tose 27 hectares produce Chateau Angelus. The remaining 12 hectares of vines used for Le Carillon de l’Angelus and No 3.
Hubert de Bouard joined the family business after graduating from Bordeaux University. During the 2009 vintage, Hubert de Bouard added a line of 60 people to manually destem berry by berry. Hubert believes manual destemming helps the berries remain intact, while retarding oxygenation and retaining freshness”. de Bouard used this method for 20% of the 2009 crop. In 2010, they employed 150 workers to manually destem the grapes. With the additional workers, they came close to hand destemming half their crop.
For sorting, they were one of the first St. Emilion estates to embrace optical sorting technology. To ensure only the top grapes are used, an additional hand sorting takes place after the fruit is put through the optical sorter.
In 2007, Chateau Angelus introduced a third wine, Number 3 d’Angelus. Production of the third wine is small with close to 800 cases per vintage. The de Bouard family own other estates in the Right Bank including; Chateau Bellevue in Saint Emilion, La Fleur de Bouard in the Lalande de Pomerol appellation and Chateau de Francs in the Cotes de Francs appellation. Today, Hubert de Bouard consults numerous chateaux in the Medoc, Pessac Leognan, Saint Emilion and even in Pomerol.
In 2018, Chateau Angelus moved to 100% organic farming. They were certified organic in 2021.